Mike Greenwell claimed he should be given the MVP award from 1988 when Jose Canseco later confessed to using steroids (that presumably helped him put up the performance that won him the award.)
If MLB had retroactively given the major awards to players who did not use PEDs (or, for the purposes of this thread, players not suspected of using PEDs) then howow would this change your views on these players and their Hall of Fame chances?
Here is a run-down of the changes that would occur if MLB stripped juicers of their awards:
1986-Clemens won the AL Cy and MVP, but was probably not juicing at this time
1987-Clemens won the AL Cy, but was probably not juicing at this time
1988- Canseco juiced so AL MVP to Mike Greenwell
1990-Bonds won the NL MVP but was probably not juicing at this time
1991-Clemens won the AL Cy but was probably not juicing at this time
1992-Bonds won the NL MVP, but was probably not juicing at this time
1993-Bonds won the NL MVP, but was probably not juicing at this time
1995-Mo Vaughn juiced so the AL MVP to Albert Belle
1996-Ken Caminiti juiced so the NL MVP to Mike Piazza; Juan Gonzalez (do not know, but), AL MVP to Alex Rodriguez (not juicing yet)
1997-Probably Clemens first year juicing. AL Cy to Randy Johnson
1998-Sosa, Clemens, and possibly JuanGon all on the juice, AND McGwire who was runner-up to Sosa, so...Moises Alou, Nomar Garciappara, and Pedro Martinez win the awards.
2000-Jason Giambi juiced so AL MVP to Frank Thomas
2001-Roger Clemens juiced, so Mark Mulder wins the AL Cy and the NL MVP - Bonds juiced, Sosa juiced, so Luis Gonzalez wins the NL MVP (his numbers are fishy, so perhaps Albert Pujols wins the NL MVP); and the AL MVP...Miguel Tejada won, but.....(and the runner-up was A-Rod!), so perhaps Alfonso Soriano wins the award
2003-Bonds, A-Rod, and Eric Gagne all stripped, so Pujols, Carlos Delgado, and Jason Schmidt win
2004-Bonds and Clemens again, so new winners are Adrian Beltre and Randy Johnson
2005-A-Rod claims he was off the juice, but...Vladimir Guerrero gets it (the runner-up was David Ortiz who was juicin)
2007 A-Rod claims he was off the juice but....Magglio Ordonez gets the award
2009-Lincecum has got to be roidin (just kidding)
So, in retrospect,
Randy Johnson should have won a 6th and 7th Cy
Pedro should have won a 4th Cy
Frank Thomas should have won a third MVP
Vlad should have won a second MVP
A-Rod would have been stripped of one MVP, but would have picked up another won
Pujols should have won his fourth and fifth MVP
I think Delgado's MVP would have pushed him over the edge and into the Hall into the minds of many voters, same for Albert Belle.
Nomar would have more support with his MVP
Piazza would have gotten the MVP he deserved.
And who would have guessed that Alou, Soriano, and Mulder would have the hardware?
I would say this overall does not change the picture much with the exception of 2 players: Carlos Delgado and Juan Gonzalez.
In light of the recent induction of two corner outfielders (Rice and Dawson), Juan Gonzalez looks like a pretty good candidate to get into the Hall, especially considering his 2 MVPs. He helped the Rangers to their only postseasons while crushing the ball (over 400 HR in very few AB). He was one of the greatest RBI machines in history and he hit for a pretty high average. He did not play much the second half of his career, but when he did, he was incredible.
I see Delgado as a slam-dunk HOFer, but many disagree. I think with an MVP, fewer would disagree. The funny thing is, he is one of the few (along with Mike Greenwell and Mike Piazza) who lost out to guys who have openly admitted to using PEDs.